Book Review: Becoming

Reviewed by Elizabeth Hardy

From the Southside of Chicago, to Princeton, to being the First Lady– Michelle Obama has quite a story to tell. Born in 1964, when the Civil Rights Act was barely in effect, she lived with her father, mother and older brother. She writes to tell how she got to where she is now.

Obama writes her memoir full of fun anecdotes from her childhood. For instance, she talks about how her grandfather was a grumpy old man who gave a lot of their family a hard time. However, she was the only person in her family that checked him. While this seems like an insignificant detail, it reveals how she was always able to voice her opinions and be a role model, despite what people may say. Her memoir is filled with details like this, making the book well-written to fit the author.

Michelle Obama has been a role model of mine for a while. When she came out with an autobiography, I jumped all over it. I loved being able to read about someone I look up to and discover how she became the woman she is today. I highly recommend this novel.

Elizabeth Hardy

Elizabeth Hardy was a sophomore in the Gifted Program at Hahnville High School. She is on the Hahnville volleyball team and in the Tiger band. She also enjoys volunteering at the animal shelter.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.


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